As a major player in the energy industry, we are aware of the environmental risks of our operations. To avoid or minimize these risks, we make environmental issues an integral part of our strategy. Our strategy based on research, prevention and stakeholder dialogue is fully focused on continuously improving our environmental performance.
The steps in our environmental protection approach
Our approach is based on understanding the environment, because a better knowledge of risks makes it easier to anticipate them effectively and take appropriate preventive measures. At the outset of each project, we perform an environmental impact study to obtain:
- A detailed picture of the baseline situation.
- A precise assessment of the potential effects of our operations.
- A set of measures to minimize the impact.
In drawing up this initial overview, we draw on our expertise and on frank discussions with our stakeholders, including local residents, engineering and design firms, public officials, NGOs and global experts. We apply this scientific approach of gathering knowledge and preventing risks to both our facilities and our products.
Thanks to our in-depth understanding of environmental risks, we are able to respond to the most demanding standards and integrate industry best practices. We also have our own set of requirements based on our in-house rules, specifications and methodological guides, sometimes exceeding current regulations.
As it is our employees who implement our environmental approach in the field, training is a pivotal part of our strategy. Both operators and managers receive targeted training by profession that raises their awareness about environmental issues.
However, because no operation is ever completely risk-free, we have developed tools and processes to handle emergency situations. Thanks to our action plans and detection and alert systems, our first-response teams deploy rapidly to resolve any situations that may arise.
Our resolution: continuous improvement
Managing our environmental footprint, improving our energy efficiency and reducing our emissions are all important avenues for improvement for Total. For this reason, we have deployed an Environmental Management System (EMS) at more than 250 sites that complies with ISO 14001:2015, which provides a framework for achieving continuous improvement in environmental performance. The EMS helps us assess our performance, collect feedback and see where we stand in relation to the objectives we have set for the Group, helping us continuously improve our environmental engineering approach.
At Total, transparency is not only a guarantee of improvement, it is also a requirement. We have retained EY to conduct an independent verification of our environmental reporting.
Lastly, in protecting the environment, we get to know the environment better. Each year, we devote a substantial portion of our R&D budget to environmental issues.